Grace licenses second UNIPOL® PP technology reactor to China Coal Shaanxi Energy & Chemical Group

W. R. Grace & Co, the world’s leading independent supplier of polyolefin catalyst technology and polypropylene (PP) process technology, today announced that China Coal Shaanxi Energy & Chemical Group Co Ltd, has expanded its license for Grace’s UNIPOL® PP process technology, doubling its polypropylene production capacity from 300 to 600 kilotons per annum. The agreement also includes Grace’s UNIPOL UNIPPAC® process control software enabling China Coal Shaanxi Company to drive improvements in metrics such as throughput, onstream time, and continuity.

Located in Yulin City, Shaanxi province, China, the new reactor line is expected to begin producing high-quality homopolymers, random and impact copolymers, and terpolymers in 2025.

Thomas Deman, President, Specialty Catalysts, Supply Chain and Procurement, Grace, said: "We are delighted to support China Coal Shaanxi Company in expanding their PP production capabilities to meet customer demand. Combining Grace’s UNIPOL® PP technology and UNIPOL UNIPPAC® process control software together is the fastest, most efficient way for China Coal Shaanxi Company to maximize reactor performance while realizing competitive advantages in product differentiation, quality, and cost."

China Coal Shaanxi Company stated: "We licensed our first 300 KTA line from Grace in 2011 and are pleased to expand the relationship with this newest reactor line that will double our PP resin production capacity and enhance our product portfolio. We chose Grace because of the proven advanced PP technology, reliable production capabilities, technical service, and UNIPOL UNIPPAC® process control software.”

Grace is a leading global licensor of the process technology for producing polypropylene, a highly durable and tough plastic. In 2023, Grace secured nearly 2.5 million tons of licensed capacity with five polypropylene manufacturers, worldwide. Fully recyclable, the high-performance polypropylene resins produced using UNIPOL® PP process technology are ubiquitous and can be found in automotive parts, packaging, and consumer goods.


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